More Teachers Can Earn Graduate Credit From PBS TeacherLine Online Courses Through New Partnership
The University of Missouri – Kansas City, Washburn University, and the University of Central Missouri are new local graduate credit providers for PBS TeacherLine. Teachers can earn graduate credit for completion of facilitated online professional development courses offered by PBS TeacherLine through the organization's national and local graduate credit providers, consist of 31 universities and colleges across the United States.
ARLINGTON, Va. (Jan. 4, 2011) – For years, PBS has been synonymous with high-quality educational programs and services, and now teachers in more parts of the country can earn graduate credits for completing PBS TeacherLineÒ online professional development courses through new partnerships with institutions of higher learning. The University of Missouri – Kansas City, Washburn University, and the University of Central Missouri join 28 other universities to offer graduate credits to teachers who complete online courses through PBS TeacherLine (www.pbs.org/teacherline), the premier provider of online professional development for preK-12 educators. The courses enable to teachers to acquire the credits they need to maintain their teaching qualifications, increase their salary, and advance their careers while enhancing their knowledge and skills.
PBS TeacherLine offers more than 80 facilitated online courses in the following categories: reading, math, science, STEM, instructional technology, and instructional strategies. Teachers can earn graduate credit for these courses from one PBS TeacherLine’s national and local graduate credit providers. The online courses offer busy teachers the convenience and accessibility to further their learning without sacrificing the quality of their education.
More universities are turning to partnerships with PBS TeacherLine to increase the depth and breadth of their offerings for graduate and continuing education students through high-quality online instruction. PBS TeacherLine offers a wide-range of rigorous professional development opportunities that engage teachers through rich digital education resources and a collaborative learning environment. Teachers learn effective instructional strategies and develop new skills that they can immediately apply in their classrooms. All courses are aligned to national standards and developed by leading professional organizations.
Located in the heart of Kansas City, The University of Missouri – Kansas City offers more than 50 majors and programs of study. Its student body of nearly 15,000 comprises students from 47 states and 67 different countries. Chartered in 1933, the University’s focus has always centered on urban issues due to the setting of the campus.
The University of Central Missouri, located in Warrensburg, offers its 11,000 students 150 programs of study leading to a certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree, education specialist degree, or cooperative doctorate.
Washburn University is located in the center of Topeka, Kansas, the state capital. Washburn University offers more than 200 certifications, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programs to its more than 6,500 students. This public institution has been educating young adults and professionals since 1865.
All three universities are local graduate credit providers for PBS TeacherLine. When enrolling in courses for graduate credit, teachers can choose from any of the five national providers; Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.; Indiana University Bloomington; Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant; Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho; Madonna University in Livonia, Mich.; or from the local providers, depending on where they live. Other local graduate credit providers are: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Marian College (Ind.); Iowa State University; Drake University (Iowa); Merrimack College (Mass.); Westfield State College (Mass.); Minnesota State University Moorhead; Mississippi College; University of Nevada, Reno; Plymouth State University (N.H.); University of New Mexico; North Dakota State University; United Tribes Technical College (N.D.); University of North Dakota; Ashland University (Ohio); Cleveland State University (Ohio); Notre Dame College (Ohio); The University of Akron (Ohio); Seton Hill University (Penn.); Tennessee State University; James Madison University (Va.); Seattle Pacific University (Wash.); and Viterbo University (Wisc.).
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For more information about PBS TeacherLine, course pricing, or to view the course catalog, visit www.pbs.org/teacherline.
About PBS TeacherLine
PBS TeacherLine is committed to helping teachers acquire the skills they need to prepare students for a successful future. PBS TeacherLine provides high-quality, affordable professional development for preK-12 educators through facilitated, online courses, collaborative learning communities, and exemplary Internet-based resources. Currently, more than 145 courses across multiple subject areas are offered. Teachers can earn continuing education units, professional development points, and graduate credits for course completion. The courses have been developed in conjunction with leading education organizations, including the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), Concord Consortium, and International Society for Technology in Education. Created in 2000, PBS TeacherLine is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which represents approximately 85 percent of the total program funding. The remaining 15 percent is funded through in-kind support from PBS and program income. For more information, visit www.pbs.org/teacherline.
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